Science internship program

We run an official for-credit internship program for our undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.

Program overview

In your internship you will complete a project as part of working within a host organisation. The project will be relevant to them and will give you the opportunity to network and gain professional skills within an organisation that interests you, as well as earning credit towards your degree.

Internship projects are available at different levels, to undergraduates (SCNC 2000 and SCNC 3000) and postgraduates (SCNC 8000). Current HDR students can email science.internships@anu.edu.au to enquire whether projects can be incorporated into their PhD program. To be eligible for an internship, you must have at least a Distinction average across all subjects.

We offer 6 and 12 unit internships (the equivalent of one or two courses). You can either work for 1-2 days a week for a semester (~90 hours with the host for a 6 unit internship) or you can negotiate to study intensively for a few weeks during semester breaks. During the break you would work 4-5 days per week over 3 or 4 weeks.

Am I eligible for an internship?

  • Domestic and international students may apply.
  • You must have maintained a distinction average across all courses.
  • Selection may include an interview.
  • Additional selection criteria may be set by the host organisation.

Do I get paid?

No, as you are getting credit towards your degree these internships are unpaid.

Can I get course credit for my internship?

Yes, subject to the following:

  • The project must be able to count towards your degree.
  • The project is approved by an ANU supervisor and the Internship Course Convenor.
  • You successfully complete the academic requirements of the course.

Are internships guaranteed?

No, the number of internships is limited and they are highly competitive. But we will make sure we help you in any way we can to find a suitable organisation to intern with.

Can I take more than one internship during my degree?

No, you may only enrol in one Science internship course (SCNC2000/3000/8000) once in your degree.

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply for a science internship. The process is slightly different depending on whether the placement is advertised or you find it yourself.

1. Express your interest

Submit an Expression of Interest form to confirm your eligibility for the course. To be eligible you must have a Distinction average in your program and have completed a minimum of 72 units by the time of placement. Postgraduate applicants are required to have completed 24 units and have approval from the Program Convener and the Supervisor. 

2. Submit your application

After you receive confirmation of your eligibility from the Science Internships Office, submit your application by sending your CV, one-page Statement of Interest and Suitability and/or other requirements listed on the internship project description to science.internships@anu.edu.au

For advertised internships, applications will be forwarded to the host organisation for consideration.
For self-sourced internships, we must confirm the suitability of the project. You will not be eligible for enrolment for a self-sourced internship until you have received formal approval from the Internship Convener.

3. Attend the interview

For advertised internships: you may be asked to attend an interview, and we will notify you if you are successful.
For self-sourced internships: we will inform you if your project is approved.

If you are successful or approved for an intership, we will send you the Internship Schedule, Student Deed Poll, Student Insurance Approval and Application for Enrolment Change forms for completion. Final approval is conditional on you finding an ANU supervisor.

4. Complete documentation

Complete the following forms:

  • Internship Schedule
  • Student Deed Poll
  • Student Insurance Approval form
  • Application for Enrolment Change form

Scan and email them to science.internships@anu.edu.au. You must receive signed approval from both ANU and the host organisation supervisors before you can enrol in the internship course and commence your internship.

5. Enrol

Once all signatures and approvals have been received, Science Central will enrol you in the internship course. After enrolment, you may then proceed to commence the internship as outlined in the Internship Schedule. You must attend any Internship Induction courses as advised by ANU or the host organisation.